Les Misérables

dir. Ladj Ly France 2019 France, consumed by the frenzy of football, is just celebrating the great triumph of the national team that won the World Cup in 2018. In the streets, squares and bars, crowds of people wearing the colours of the country's flag present the unity of the whole country. This feeling of... Czytaj dalej →

The Painted Bird

dir. Václav Marhoul Czech Republik / Slovakia/ Ukraine 2019 The 1965 novel by Jerzy Kosiński, shocking with its graphic literalness, serves as a canvas for one of the most controversial films that divided the audience in Venice last year. Halfway through, after the shocking scene of the rape on a young woman, almost half of... Czytaj dalej →


This breathtaking story of teenage soldiers set in a remote area of South America will keep you on the edge of your seat. Alejandro Landes’ third feature Monos is a mesmerising and deeply disturbing movie. It deals with the absurdity of war and the dark side of human nature. Somewhere high up in the mountains, above the... Czytaj dalej →

The Best of 2018 Film Festivals

Manta Ray, dir. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng Films presented at film festivals in general can be divided into two pools. One is films that get world premiers during those prestigious events and after that they go on and make some money in a real world. By that I mean they get a release in cinemas in many... Czytaj dalej →

A Star Is Born – film review

Debutant director's perfect scenario. Make a movie that will premiere at one of the most important film festivals - in Venice. Cast an iconic star in it, along with yourself. Get rave reviews from everyone. And Bradley Cooper did just that. A Star Is Born not only heralds the emergence of a new talented director... Czytaj dalej →

Ismael’s Ghosts – film review

Remember last year, when Cannes festival opened with a French drama full of A-listed actors? Neither do I, because Ismael's Ghosts is one utterly forgettable, pointless and irritating movie. For the 70th anniversary of the event, it was not appropriate to choose production from another country. Also, Arnaud Desplechin made his debut on the Cote... Czytaj dalej →

L’Amant Double – film review

François Ozon's provocative film will not leave viewers indifferent. The French director returns to the top form. The director uses genre cinema vocabulary, such as erotic thriller, horror and mystery drama, but he processes them in his own way. This way L'amant double starts working on multiple levels and is full of exciting details. Ozon... Czytaj dalej →

Solo: A Star Wars Story – film review

The biggest badass of the galaxy and many people's favourite character from the Star Wars saga rightly deserved a solo - excuse the pun - movie. There were many doubts about this project, directors swapped halfway through, but the most important one was casting. Who could play the legendary smuggler better than Harrison Ford? Well,... Czytaj dalej →

On Chesil Beach – film review

  Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach explores typical motifs for this author: bad decisions that affect the rest of life, regret, disappointment, loneliness. Dominic Cooke has created a successful, maybe a bit theatrical adaptation, which will appeal to fans of sad but touching stories. For the main part of On... Czytaj dalej →

Lean On Pete – film review

Lean On Pete dir. Andrew Haigh United Kingdom 2017 Coming of age issues, facing death and finding your place in life are the main themes of the Lean On Pete - drama directed by Andrew Haigh. It's first American film of this British director, known for 45 years and Weekend, based on the best-selling book... Czytaj dalej →

The Wound – film review

The Wound dir. John Tengrove South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands, France 2017 The debut film by John Tengrove touches on topics of forbidden love, rejection and rebellion. All of those have been quite well-researched by the cinema for many years. Fortunately, the director avoids easy narrative solutions, and by embedding the story in exotic realities,... Czytaj dalej →

Custody – film review

Jusqu'à la garde dir. Xavier Legrand France 2017 Custody turned out to be a dark horse of last year's Venice Film Festival. The film delighted not only the audience but was also noticed by the jury - Xavier Legrand left Italy with the Silver Lion award for the best director and won prestigious Lion of the... Czytaj dalej →

The Leisure Seeker – film review

The Leisure Seeker dir. Paolo Virzì Paolo Virzì has been delivering solid cinema balancing on the border of commercialism and arthouse for over a dozen years, but so far he has been doing that mainly in Italy. His first production filmed entirely in the United States has two big stars: Brit Dame Helen Mirren (Woman In... Czytaj dalej →

A Quiet Place – film review

A Quiet Place dir. John Krasinski USA 2018 There is only one way for this movie to carry you away and surprise you completely. Avoid any trailers, descriptions, abstracts and - yes - reviews! Therefore, please, either come back here after the screening or read on at your own risk. I promise, there will be... Czytaj dalej →

Rampage – film review

Rampage dir. Brad Peyton USA 2018   Hollywood has already brought us a film about emojis inside a smartphone, production based on the game of battleships and a series of blockbusters inspired by transforming toy robots. It is not surprising then that the producers decided to adopt Rampage for the big screen - arcade game... Czytaj dalej →

I Am Not A Witch – film review

I am not a witch dir. Rungano Nyoni UK, France 2017 The debut film from Rungano Nyoni combines tragedy with black humor, surrealism with almost documentary observation. I am not a witch is a shocking story about how prejudices, superstitions and greed can lead to an unnecessary tragedy. Worst of all, it's a story based on facts to... Czytaj dalej →

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